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Urban Villa in Amsterdam / by pasel kuenzel architects

 

The Power of Simple Things
Close and compact are the residences lined up along the waterside of Grote Rieteiland, an artificial island in Amsterdams hip neighbourhood Ijburg.

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Within a strict and complex set of urban rules pasel.kuenzel architects succeeded to develop a plain and sober urban villa that is unique in its reduced design and compelling in its materialisation and level of detailing.

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The building is a composition of a horizontal plint for living and a vertical element comprising work spaces, bedrooms for the kids, a masterbedroom and above all a tremendous roof terrace. Due to a 12m wide glazed facade on the south side the main living area relates directly to the water. The house grants access via a patio facing the street and marking the threshold between public and private.

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The unusual materialisation of white painted raw timber boards of Douglas fir underlines the compelling power of simple things.

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Architect: pasel.kuenzel architects
Rotterdam | Berlin | MĂĽnchen
Team: R. Pasel, F. KĂĽnzel, F. Pocas
Client: Private
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Date: 2009-2013
Size: 307 m2
Photos: Marcel van der Burg
url: www.paselkuenzel.com
e-mail: info@paselkuenzel.com